Banned Biographies

Banned Biographies is an audio documentary series charting the careers of some of the most notorious bands ever to grace the world’s stages.

Permanent Record Podcast and Skamouth Review

October 25th, 2021

Your host, Tom Austin-Morgan returns to talk about what’s been going on since the mammoth Permanent Record Podcast and Banned Biographies crossover podcast was released last month where they reviewed and dissected U2's iconic 1987 album The Joshua Tree and what you can expect from this months’ episode. I’ll also be talking about my experience at Skamouth Festival, which was my first gig in Sham 69.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Brian and Sarah again for allowing me to stich four of their episodes together and put it out on my feed. I wasn’t expecting big download numbers, because the episode was 8 hours long, and because they’d already been published individually by Permanent Record Podcast. However, it’s quickly become one of the most downloaded Banned Biographies episodes that isn’t a documentary, so I’d like to thank you all for downloading it and – hopefully – listening all the way through. If you enjoyed what you heard you really should subscribe to the Permanent Record Podcast and let Brian and Sarah know you found out about them through Banned Biographies.

I played my first gig with Sham 69 on Sunday 2nd October and I cover the whole weekend in some detail on this episode. Luckily, I survived being chucked in the deep end and will be playing with Sham 69 at four more gigs across the country in November:

Saturday 6th November, The Snig, Widnes (tickets from seetickets)

Saturday 13th November, New Cross Inn, London (tickets from New Cross Inn)

Thursday 18th November, The Old Courts, Wigan (tickets from eventbrite)

Friday 19th November, The Bunkhouse, Swansea (tickets from The Bunkhouse)

I'd love to see some of you listeners at these gigs, do come up and say hello if you come along.

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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Permanent Record Podcast and Banned Biographies Discuss and Dissect The Joshua Tree by U2

September 24th, 2021

Due to what's been going on behind the scenes here at Banned Biographies (listen to Monday's James Cruttwell Interview Review episode), this episode is all four of the appearance I made on the Permanent Record Podcast to discuss and dissect U2's iconic 1987 album, The Joshua Tree.

The hosts of the Permanent Record Podcast, Brian and Sarah, usually concentrate on synth pop albums, but have been known to dip their toes into the world of guitar bands. This was an education for all three of us because, despite the fact we've all listened to this album before but none of us was a particular fan of it or the band. As we go on we realise why The Joshua Tree is considered the classic it is and have garnered a newfound respect for U2.

In part one we start off by talking about the recording of "The Joshua Tree", which took place over the course of a year, but was interrupted by some rather life-changing events, which in turn shaped the lyrical/thematic content and sound of the album. They then spend time talking about the worldwide chart and sales success of the record, both immediate and lasting, and its ranking on various lists of albums over the years. Brian and Sarah can't help but bring up the cover art as well, as it allows them the opportunity to mention Anton Corbijn, who of course also works with their favourite band, Depeche Mode.

After a very long lead-up, Tom, Brian and Sarah finally get around to the song discussion. But the first song of the album is so massive, and has such a memorable video, that the trio decide to end the episode after wrapping up their look at "Where The Streets Have No Name."

If you want to hear conversation on such diverse topics as Lou Reed, chalkboards, Mission: Impossible, the vocabulary of Smash Hits writers, and Where's Waldo/Where's Wally-- oh, and a band from Ireland called U2-- this is the episode for you!

Part two finds them talking about three more songs and two more videos. They also end up talking about Las Vegas, oversized slot machines, the TV show Friends, Thomas Dolby, and some differences in American English versus British English.

Songs discussed in this episode:
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
With Or Without You
Bullet the Blue Sky

Part three covers five songs:
Running to Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God's Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill

A lot of facts, opinions, and laughs are shared in this episode as Tom, Brian, and Sarah finish talking about Side One and head over to the tracks on Side Two. Some topics that came up during this discussion were: the differences between the punk movement in the US compared to the UK; Lou Reed; Bob Dylan; "People Are People"; and hootenannies!

Finally, in part four the trio shoot the breeze about the darkest moments on the album: "Exit" and "Mothers of the Disappeared."  But in case you think this episode is all doom and gloom, they also talk about ice cream trucks, all the U2 back-catalogue Brian has been acquiring, the return of the live music scene around South London, and, of course, they finally get around to ranking the record as a whole on a scale of 1 to 100 record adapters.

There's also a surprise EXTRA extra-credit segment at the conclusion of the episode, just in case you needed just a tad more U2 chat!!

I'd like to thank Brian and Sarah once more for being such gracious hosts, putting up with various trans-Atlantic audio issues, having me on for such a long time and for allowing me to post these episode on my feed. Please do go follow Permanent Record Podcast on the following social media platforms:

Website - http://www.permanentrecordpodcast.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/permrecordpodcast
Twitter - https://twitter.com/permrecordpod
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/permanentrecordpodcast/
You can even leave a voicemail for Brian & Sarah at (724) 490-8324 or https://www.speakpipe.com/PermRecordPod

Visit their PRP Shop at https://www.redbubble.com/people/bluezonenetwork/

Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

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James Cruttwell Interview Review and An Exciting Announcement

September 20th, 2021

Hello and welcome back to Banned Biographies, Tom Austin-Morgan is back to talk about what’s been going on since the interview with James Cruttwell was released last month and what you can expect from this months’ episode. There’s quite a bit to tell you, so strap in!

I thought it was interesting to hear about what James and I expected the end of the year to look like compared to how it actually is. For example, how long it would take people to return to feeling normal in everyday situations after lockdown was lifted. We were both looking forward to getting back to playing and attending gigs again, but worried that we might feel a bit uncomfortable in those environments again, or that it might take people a long time to feel comfortable in crowd environments.

It turns out that a lot of people seem to have clicked back into their pre-covid ruts straight away, which I guess shouldn’t have been a surprise. But what has surprised me is that, having played a few gigs now with my own bands, I feel more excited to be at a gig again than I am anxious. 

James and I have since met in real life and I’m glad to report he was just as easy to chat to and excitable as he was on the episode.

I'm now the bass played for Sham 69! So, you can listen to how that happened on this episode.

Also, Swampstomper is playing at the Hope and Anchor, Islington, London on Saturday 25th September 2021 supporting Janus Stark, whose front-man and guitarist, Gizz Butt, used to play live guitar for The Prodigy and appears on The Fat Of The Land. It’s going to be an amazing gig. If you’re able to come down, I’d highly advise it.

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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Interview With James Cruttwell (The Gonads, Furry Love Lickers and ex-East End Badoes)

August 27th, 2021

On this episode of Banned Biographies, Tom chats with James Cruttwell, bassist with The Gonads - a band fronted by broadcaster and author Garry Bushell - and The Furry Love Lickers.

In the episode we also talk about him being in East End Badoes, another old school London-based Oi Punk band, but since this episode was recorded he no longer plays for them.

We also talk quite a bit about lockdowns possibly being eased, which was something we were looking forward to in March or April when this episode was recorded. So, a lot of that is irrelevant now, but I kept it in because I found it interesting to look back at how we were feeling four or five months ago and how things have changed since.

Because we found out that we have similar tastes in music we get very excited talking about bands we both love and because we're both from the same area we both get a bit 'Estuary'; dropping our 'Ts' and turning double 'Ls' into 'Ws', which is what happens when you get two Kent-based punk fans together!

James is a great guy who has had some brilliant experiences playing in punk bands around Europe. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I had having it.

Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

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Jack Pop Review

August 23rd, 2021

Hello and welcome back to Banned Biographies. Your host, Tom Austin-Morgan, is back to let you know what’s been happening over the last month since the interview with Jack Pop, founder of Alcopop! Records, went out and what you can expect from the next episode.

I got to play some gigs this past weekend with my covers band and Swampstomper . It was exhilarating to play live and loud in front of people again, and there are a couple more gigs this month too: one at Leo’s Red Lion in Gravesend on the 4th September and another supporting Janus Stark at the Hope and Anchor in Islington, London on the 25th September

The third episode of my four-part guest spot on the Permanent Record Podcast has just been released, where I joined hosts Brian and Sarah to talk about the iconic U2 album, The Joshua Tree. In this one we discuss a bunch of the tracks in the middle of the album as well as a couple of videos for songs that none of us knew even existed. Permanent Record podcast is a great resource for anyone remotely interested in the minutiae of bands and albums, especially if you’re into synth-based music.

Make sure you go and subscribe to Permanent Record Podcast on whatever podcast platform you use and go and follow them on Twitter , Facebook or at https://www.permanentrecordpodcast.com/.

The interview with Jack Pop was hotly anticipated by a few people and I received some great feedback from listeners. The chat was a joy. It had been recorded a few months ago, so revisiting it for the edit was great fun. Jack’s such a lovely guy, his ability to weave a story is brilliant and his enthusiasm for music is infectious. I’ve found some really great bands on Alcopop!, most of which we mentioned in the episode itself, and I’m certainly a fan of the label now too.

It’s been great to hear that you found the interview interesting and engaging. Jack himself has been responsive to all the comments the episode has received all over social media and has had some really nice things to say about me and the show as well. Thank you to all of you that got in touch.

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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Interview with Jack pop (Alcopop! Records)

July 30th, 2021

This interview episode of the Banned Biographies podcast is a great conversation with Jack Pop, founder of the Alcopop! Record label. I was made aware of Alcopop! at the beginning of the year when I spoke to The Stepney Sisters about the release of their debut album, 50 years after forming, which was put out by Alcopop!.

I then did a bit of reading on the label’s website and couldn’t believe the story about its forming thanks to a bet on the result of a football match. If you’ve not heard of the label, British listeners will probably remember when the UKIP (UK Independence Party’s) website was taken over and covered in unicorns and rainbows? That was Alcopop!. Putting the QI podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish, out as the first UK podcast on vinyl with a secret track by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, that was Alcopop!. The label has also released albums in a host of innovative release formats like on scarves, frisbees and even bicycles as well as some pretty genius political stunts as well.

Jack is a real gent, he was a pleasure to speak to and has so many amazing stories. I hope you enjoy this chat as much as I had having it. 

Alcopop! Records has some brilliant bands signed to it. Check them out at ilovealcopop.co.uk and give their bands a listen, buy some merch and reach out to them to let them know I sent you, they’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as Soundcloud , Bandcamp and YouTube.

Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

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Adam Ant Review

July 26th, 2021

Welcome back to Banned Biographies. Tom Austin-Morgan, your host, is back to let you know what’s been happening over the last month since the second part of the Adam Ant documentary went out which focussed on his solo career and what you can expect from the next episode.

There’s been some great feedback as well as sharing from the Ant fans this month including a new review on Apple Podcasts. Already the Adam Ant solo episode vaulted into the top 10 of all episodes so far, and the first part - the Adam and the Ants episode - is the fourth most downloaded episode, behind only the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Clash which were released in April, July and October 2020! Incredible. Thank you.

Outside of Banned Biographies, the first two episodes of  the Permanent Record podcast have been released so far, where I joined hosts by Brian and Sarah to talk about the iconic U2 album, The Joshua Tree. So far, 4 hours and 11 minutes have been spent discussing the polarising nature of U2, why we think that is and our own personal history with the band, or lack thereof. We’ve only got four tracks into discussing the album itself, so there’s still loads to go. Permanent Record podcast is a great resource for anyone remotely interested in the minutiae of bands and albums, especially if you’re into synth-based music. They made a bit of an exception for me by reviewing a guitar band, which I thank them for.

Brian and Sarah have made me feel really welcome, if not slightly under-researched! They put as much into looking at one album as I do in talking about the entire careers of bands. But what’s been brilliant is that we’re all learning. And I hope we manage to impart some information to you guys that you didn’t know about the band and the album that you didn’t know before. Make sure you go and subscribe to Permanent Record Podcast on whatever podcast platform you use and go and follow them on Twitter @PermRecordPod or find them on Facebook or at www.permanentrecordpodcast.com.

Please do reach out to Banned Biographies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email as well as leaving those ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, but more than anything else take care and stay safe.

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E-mail: bannedbiographies@gmail.com

Bravest of the Brave - The Continued Adventures of Adam Ant

June 25th, 2021

After disbanding Adam and the Ants at the height of the band's success, Adam Ant went solo. Working with Marco Pirroni, his first solo single, Goody Two Shoes went straight to number one in the UK and Australia which allowed him to pursue a career in acting both on stage and screen.

As with the first part of his career with The Ants, Adam's solo career has had many ups and downs over the years - both in terms of critical and chart success as well as with his own personal battles with his mental health.

But, each time he bounces back stronger than before and more confident. In the last couple of decades he seems to more balanced than he ever has. This appears to have been helped by setting up his own record label which has allowed him to work at his own pace and take time off when he needs it. He has also become an advocate for people admitting they need help with their mental health and finding the correct help for it.

His has been a rollercoaster of a life so far and he is far from stopping with festival appearances lined up for the summer of 2021 and scheduling a tour for the beginning of 2022. Long live Adam Ant!

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Louise Aubrie and Rick McMurray review

June 21st, 2021

There have been some really wonderful bits of feedback from the interview episodes with Louise Aubrie and Rick McMurray with people checking out Louise’s music which I’m really happy about.

The second single off Louise’s album 'Antonio' is out on Wednesday 23rd June (two days from this episode going live). Called 'Ours', it's a slightly darker song in tone from 'Last', but is another masterfully arranged song with killer vocal hooks. Make sure you go and give it a listen and let Louise know what you think of it.

The Ash livestream was really good fun, there were a lot of the fans tweeting along with the action, but I still have an issue with livestream gigs. There’s just not the atmosphere in your living room that there is at a live gig in a room full of people.

I’ve appeared on the first of a planned four-part podcast from the Permanent Record Podcast, hosted by Brian and Sarah.

Usually they look at albums by synth-based bands, but because I deal with predominantly guitar-based punk, new wave and post punk bands (for the time being at least) we decided we should look at one of the most iconic albums by an iconic rock band that none of us have any deep knowledge of; The Joshua Tree by U2.

Go an subscribe to Permanent Record Podcast on whatever podcast platform you use and go and follow them on Twitter @PermRecordPod or find them on Facebook or at their own website www.permanentrecordpodcast.com.

While you're waiting for the next episode to drop on Friday 25th June 2021, why not go and leave a rating and review on iTunes, they really do help and you'll get a special shout out on these review episodes. 

I hope you enjoy the next episode and that you're taking good care of yourself and others as well as staying safe.

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Interview with Rick McMurray of Ash

June 1st, 2021

On this extra-special episode of Banned Biographies I was very lucky to chat over Zoom with Rick McMurray, the drummer from Ash.

Ash's first full-length album, 1977, was release 25 years ago and went straight to number one on the UK album chart. To commemorate that, Ash is playing the album in its entirety on the 5th June 2021 which you can sign up to watch through the band’s website https://ash-official.com/. There are various bundles available, from the concert only right up to getting unlimited 30-day access to the show, a behind the scenes documentary, a bonus performance, a limited 1977 frisbee and a limited edition 1977 t-shirt. All tiers are well worth the money.

During our chat, Rick was candid about the highs and lows of Ash’s career as well as talking about the band's unfinished indie horror film, Slashed, having a meal with Joe Strummer and why they didn't join him on stage to play I Fought The Law, getting Mickey Bradley and Damien O’Neil from The Undertones on the last Ash album and so much more.

I’m so honoured and thankful to Rick for giving up part of his morning to talk to me and I hope you get some great insights into the man himself, the life of a professional musician and how that job has changed over the last three decades.

He's a totally down to earth guy and I really hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did talking to him.

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